Home Remedies to Blast Away Acne
Many people struggle with acne and have no clue what to do to fight off those skin impurities. Well one day I was fed up, and those over-the-counter facial cleansers were not doing the trick anymore. Here’s a list of at-home acne fighters that won’t burn your pockets and work just as well as your favorite store cleanser.
Lemons: Cut a lemon slice and rub it very well onto the acne. Discard used slice. Let lemon juice stay on your face for five minutes — if you feel a stingy sensation that means the critic acid is working to remove the bacteria from your pores. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Apply sunscreen lotion and your facial moisturizer. Place the rest of unused lemon in an airtight sandwich bag to keep it fresh for future use.
Baking soda: Take a tablespoon of baking soda in the palm of your hand and add sprinkles of water to create a thick paste. Apply paste to your acne and let sit for 10 minutes. When the paste dries, it will go back to powder form so be sure to wear clothing that powder can easily be dusted off. Wash your face with cold water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer. Do this twice a day.
Toothpaste: Be sure the toothpaste has silica in it, and does not have sodium lauryl sulfate, which is found in popular brands and is too harsh for skin. Natural toothpaste usually does not have sodium lauryl sulfate. Place toothpaste on acne all day or overnight. This dries and diminishes the size of the pimple. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer.
Potatoes: Slice fresh potatoes, lay back on a comfortable couch and place slices on acne. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. This heals broken skin and is anti-inflammatory (reduces redness from stubborn pimples). Wash off with warm water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer.
Ice: Place ice on acne to close pores and reduce inflammation (reduces redness).
100% Natural Tea Tree Oil: My personal favorite 🙂 Place oil on acne using a cotton swab or cotton ball. This is an age-old trick to help fight the bacteria in your pores. If the oil irritates your skin, dilute it with a little bit of water.
Aspirin: Crush two aspirin tablets (hammer or pill crusher) and mix with sprinkles of water to create a paste. Place paste on pimple and allow it to dry. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry. The salic acid from the aspirin dries out pimples. (Salic acid is mainly used in over the counter cleansers.) Apply moisturizer.
Alum: (Usually found in your grocery store spice aisle.) Use the block alum, not the powder. Gently wipe alum on acne. Wash with like warm water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer.
Always wash face at least ONCE a day — even if you do not leave the house or wear makeup.
Never use body lotion for your face. The ingredients used for your body will clog your facial pores.
Always use a light moisturizer after you wash your face – avoid petroleum jelly and oils (clogs pores and causes breakouts).
Cut back on carbs and sugars if you break out often. You are what you eat!!
Wash makeup brushes, razors, hands and anything that touches your face very often.
Eat more green veggies to help clean the toxins from your blood.
Drink lots of water — 8 cups or 1 liter is a good start.
**NEVER PICK or POP your acne! It causes dark marks and spreads the bacteria to other parts of your face.
Asanat “Sana” Akibu